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Travellers' Choice2023
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C$16 - C$28
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Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Beer restaurants
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Waterfront Communities-The Island
0.6 km from Toronto Union
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Previously stopped in for drinks & returned to try their food. Glad we did!!!. We brought friends & all ordered different meals - bison burger, beef ribs, lamb burger, & fish+chips. The food was delicious & portions were generous. We enjoyed the charm of this...subterranean pub with great atmosphere, diverse crowd & delicious food. Definitely will return & recommend!!!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 4, 2024

As long as I can remember* the good folks at 'C'est What' have been pouring Toronto's best beers and serving them up with excellent, varied 'pub food'. They've still got it! Bec and I went by for our "last (2) Canadian crafties" of this visit,...and we both really enjoyed ourselves. A wide, updated, "fresh" selection of taps - including some of their own + cask-conditioned ales for the true beer afficionado! - allowed us to choose some of Ontario's finest. We weren't overly hungry, so we opted to share a haloumi sandwich and our kind server split it onto two plates (with ample fries and a small salad each). Service was great during our stay, despite a loud, busy atmosphere. Overal, highly recommended, whether you truly are a beer advocate or just looking for a good meal in south-east downtown Toronto. *1988 as it turns out, making it the 'Granddaddy of Toronto's craft beer pubs'!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2024

Yes, we are the O.G. (official granddaddy?) of Toronto craft beer bars - the majority of our staff were not even born when we first opened. Thanks for your recommendation. We hope to see you back here soon.

Reviewed December 29, 2023 via mobile

Loved the feel. Only had drinks but really enjoyed the atmosphere. Multiple choices for scotches. People in the place seemed to really enjoy it. Playing pool, cards or just hanging out.

Date of visit: December 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2024

We’re happy that you found our fully stocked rec room. Cheers!

Reviewed December 9, 2023 via mobile

I had the halo i sandwich, salad and sweet potato. Oh and yes beer. My wife had the chicken. Both really good. Worth trying their craft beers. Very good. Pub styling, but food way better than that

Date of visit: December 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Happy you had a good time. We hope the rest of your travels were as satisfying.

Reviewed November 20, 2023

Met up with family various local and visiting family for a night of drinking. My son met up with us. He had a doggie bag from lunch that he left on the table to throw out. A very rude waiter had a hissy fit on...him, calling him rude and insensitive bringing food into a bar. Very aggressive. After I suggested the abuse, I left without ordering another drink or food, never to set foot in your *** hole again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 19, 2023

This was a fantastic place for a group of us to settle in for a casual, hearty meal in a fun environment. We shared the mushroom crostini and the classic poutine, and I had halloumi sandwich. Reasonable prices and attentive, friendly staff. They also have...an extensive drinks menu, so you could come here for just drinks as well.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

Reviewed September 21, 2023 via mobile

I would have never gone down the steps if I hadn’t checked it out on Tripadvisor, but I’m very glad we did. Great selection of beers and some very nice versions of poutine, a genuine pub feel to the whole place. Top of my list...next time I’m in Toronto!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

We look forward to your return.

Reviewed September 12, 2023 via mobile

When there due to TripAdvisor reviews. Hard to find as TripAdvisor map location is 15mins away. Google maps got us there, but it was being refurbished, and we were directed to a yard down an alleyway. Food was good, and the surroundings not so much....But as I say, the pub was being refurbished.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Sorry that you caught us on a day that we needed to be closed inside. Next time you are in town, please come for the full experience.

Reviewed August 20, 2023

I had a canadian cream coffee and caesar classic. Both were well made. The staff were attentive and kind. Highly recommend for classic Canadian cocktail.

Date of visit: December 2022
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Thanks for trying out the cocktails. We have more to offer in the way of local flavour the next time you are in town. Cheers!

Reviewed August 16, 2023

I've been going back to C'est What for over thirty years. Decent pub food though not the most "gastropub" ever. Excellent rotating beer selection with several beers on cask at all times. And, best of all, friendly knowledgeable staff.

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Date of visit: August 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Here's to another 30 years ;-)

Reviewed August 6, 2023

Excellent food. The server was great gave good recommendations. Just the right amount of visits to our table. Made a fresh pot of coffee for my Irish coffee.

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Date of visit: August 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

We're happy that you had a good visit.

Reviewed July 3, 2023 via mobile

Great place. Super friendly, beer was good and food was lovely. We didn’t want anything over the top on our first night in Toronto and C’est What was spot on.

Date of visit: July 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

We're glad you found us as your introduction to Toronto. Cheers!

Reviewed June 18, 2023

Great food and drinks. Friendly and helpful staff. Very helpful with questions around dietary needs and was accommodating.

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Date of visit: June 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Thanks. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed June 16, 2023

First time back to Pappillon since the beginning of the pandemic. One of our favourite diningrooms where the food is always good and the staff is very attentive!

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Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 2, 2023

We had a large group in closed off area. Appetizers were delicious and bar tender (didn't get his name) was most accomodating and pleasant

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Date of visit: April 2023
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George Milbrandt, Owner at C'est What?, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Happy that we could be a positive addition to the celebration.

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C'est What? is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4